Hollow Gill Huts

UK England North East England North Yorkshire Settle

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
Shepherd's huts with views across the Yorkshire Dales near Settle

One of the closest railway stations is Giggleswick, it’s just up the road from Wigglesworth and the River Ribble babbles away nearby. It can only be the Yorkshire Dales. In this land of cute names, rolling hills, dry-stone walls and meandering lanes, Postman Pat would be quite at home. And so are the Hollow Gill Huts; a trio of shepherd’s huts that are well suited to this pleasingly rural environment. If it wasn’t for the yet-to-weather oak-clad exterior and immaculate finish, you might think they had always been here.

In fact, Hollow Gill Huts were built in 2021 and have the mod cons to prove it: Smart TVs, WiFi, great mobile signal, underfloor heating and en-suite shower rooms. These are comfortable, self-contained huts that are just right for a self-catering stay on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Two of the three are suitable for families with pull-down bunk beds for kids, if you bring them, while the other is reserved for couples with a log burner to add to its charms. But it’s what’s outside, beyond your gravelly terrace and fire bowl, that’s the real treat here.

Hollow Gill Huts sit against the sheltered backdrop of a mature woodland, looking out across the working farm they are part of. You might have a view of grazing sheep or cattle to the fore with rolling dales filling the middle ground and the high peaks of Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough in the far distance. Together with Whernside, which is a little further away, these mountains form Yorkshire’s “three peaks”, a worthy challenge-route that’s the subject of many a fundraiser. Each (or all) provide great hiking opportunities in this area that’s not short on options. In fact, instead of driving the six miles to the launch point for the three peaks, you might like to simply step out the front door and onto the Ribbleway. This long-distance footpath follows the route of the river (for the most part) and goes right through the farm.

If you’ve got the stamina, keep walking for four miles to the lovely market town of Settle where you can refuel at any number of eateries. Or, if you’re not in the mood to walk, drive there to pick up supplies from its butchers and bakers en route to explore further afield. To the west is the Forest of Bowland, to the east, the Yorkshire Dales National Park.



Each of the three shepherd's huts provides self-contained accommodation with a double bed and (in the larger two huts — Swaledale and Wensleydale) children's fold-away bunk beds. Bed linen and towels are provided and there's an en-suite shower room and WC with toiletries, too. There's a table and chairs, sofa and a kitchenette with a fridge-freezer, coffee machine, electric hob and microwave oven. There's also a Smart TV, WiFi and underfloor heating. Dalesbred, the smaller couples' hut, has a wood-burning stove too. Outside you'll find a fire pit/BBQ with wood for your first fire included, a picnic bench with a sun umbrella, two reclining chairs and a boot box.

Suitable For

Glampers, couples, families — yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs — no. Though ask about the kennels on the farm if you want to bring a four-legged friend.


The Ribbleway footpath passes through the farm with breathtaking views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Each provides a great walk. Together they are known as the Yorkshire Three Peaks and often tackled together as a challenge. The beautiful market town of Settle is four miles away and Skipton is 15 miles. The site is between the walking and cycling trails of Gisburn Forest (01200 446387) in the Forest of Bowland and the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There's plenty more walking and cycling within the national park along with sights including waterfalls, caves, Malham Cove (10 miles away), Bolton Abbey (20 miles; 01756 718000) and the stunning Ribblehead Viaduct (also around 20 miles away).

Food & Drink

You can pre-order breakfast boxes or celebration hampers when booking your stay. For local cheese head to The Courtyard Dairy (01729 823291) a mile up the road in Rathmell (it has a cafe as well) or to Settle, four miles away, where there are lots of independent shops including Settle Cheese & Charcuterie Shop and Drake and Macefield Butchers. For a bite to eat in town, try the amusingly named Ye Olde Naked Man bakery and cafe (01729 823230), boutique Tapas Bar Sydney's (01729 822000) or the more traditional Golden Lion (01729 822203). It's worth checking out the closest pub to the site, The Plough (01729 840243), which is a short drive away but under refurbishment at the time of writing. Emma's handy welcome pack in the hut offers up-to-date recommendations.

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The Owner Says

We are Pete and Emma Stephenson and we are delighted to share our beautiful countryside and farm as we welcome you to Hollow Gill Huts. The glamping site is based on our tenanted farm on the outskirts of the small village of Rathmell near Settle, North Yorkshire. We have lived in the area for over 10 years, starting dales life in Horton-in-Ribblesdale onwards to a small farm in Settle and finally settling here at Far Cappleside three years ago.

It’s been our dream to have our own site ever since we stayed in a shepherd’s hut on our own family holiday. We can’t wait to welcome you to our piece of heaven in our beautiful part of the countryside.


Three en-suite shepherd's huts.


Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
Sleeps 4, 2 adults, 2 children


Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
Sleeps 4, 2 adults and 2 children


Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
sleeps 2

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Contact Hollow Gill Huts, Hollow Gill Huts, Far Cappleside Farm, Rathmell, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 0LJ

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Getting There

From the A65 at Long Preston, follow signs towards Rathmell (via the B6478/Station Road). After two miles, turn right on to Jack Lane (just before the Plough Inn at Wigglesworth). Continue on to Hollow Gill Brow and, after another half-a-mile, turn left. Far Cappleside Farm and Hollow Gill Huts will be on the right. If using SatNav, follow the postcode BD24 0LJ to the car park. Giggleswick is the closest train station (just three miles away) though Settle and Long Preston are not much further and might be more convenient depending on where you are coming from. The number 11 Dales Bus runs through the village (Rathmell) linking it with both Giggleswick and Settle but it is a limited service so do check before you travel.


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